PLAINVILLE - The Plainville Economic Development Agency presented Executive Press with an Award for Community Commitment after re-opening at their new location at 40 East St.
Robert Crago, owner of Executive Press, said he will have been in business in town for 20 years this August, offering comprehensive printing services including blueprints, large digital printing and signage. Executive Press has also assisted in creating program books for local nonprofit organizations.
“This town has been very good to me and very accepting,” said Crago. “It is an unbelievable place to do business. Executive Press started with me and my father and a part-timer out of high school. We have slowly been increasing and we now employ five people including myself.”
“You could have moved anywhere, but you moved across the street,” said Val Dumais, chair of the economic development agency, as he presented Crago with his award. “You have been in town for almost 20 years and you have been very helpful to many organizations that I’ve been involved with. You run a great business and I knew your dad back when it was just the two of you. This is the type of business that we like to have here in Plainville; small but efficient, effective and committed to the town beyond just business.”
As members of the economic development agency looked around the building, Crago introduced them to his 7-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog, Munson, who he joked throughout the event was a “Munson party.” Mark Devoe, director of planning and economic development, admired a counter made from reclaimed wood and light fixtures which Crago said once hung in the Ideal Machine building in Plainville.
“This is a beautiful building and they’ve put it to good use,” he said. “It used to be a two-family home before it was converted into a commercial building by my brother, Bob Devoe, in the late 70s. Most recently, this building was previously home to Always Bloomin Florist, which moved to New Britain Avenue.”
Executive Press moved into its new location Easter weekend last year, from its previous location across the street. With the addition of a third-floor space, Crago said they doubled the size of their headquarters from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. The second floor, he said, is being leased out to a video production company.
“It’s excellent that you’ve brought another business to town,” said Devoe.
“This space is helpful, but we’ve gotten even busier since we’ve moved here,” said Crago. “Business is up by 8 percent in gross sales. More people are finding me that I’ve never seen before, even though I’ve been here for 20 years.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.